I have a classic Caldecott Award winner for you today, as we look towards Thanksgiving:
Illustrator: Elizabeth Orton Jones
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Themes: prayer, thankfulness
Inside Jacket Flap: "This is a prayer written for one little girl, but it is a prayer for boys and girls all over the world. It is full of the intimate gentleness for familiar things, the love of friends and family, and the kindly protection of God. It carries universal appeal for all ages and races, and brings to our hearts and minds the deep responsibility of preserving for all times the faith and hopes of little children."
First Lines: "Bless this milk and bless this bread. Bless this soft and waiting bed."
Why I Like This Book: It's no wonder this was given a Caldecott Award! The illustrations are gentle and charming, reminding me of the "Little Golden Books" I read during my childhood. And even more charming is the fact that Rachel Field wrote this prayer for her daughter. Our everyday experiences CAN influence our writing!
Teaching resources for K-3 for Simon and Schuster books HERE.
Fascinating facts about the author HERE.
Comprehensive but well written biography of Rachel Field HERE.
Pinterest "prayer stations" board HERE.
Prayer activities for children HERE.